You may not be able to visit us at The State Museum of Pennsylvania right now, so we are bringing Pennsylvania to you. Each Wednesday this summer we will feature a different Pennsylvania State symbol. Find out about its selection and connection to Pennsylvania. Watch, explore and send us your questions.
July 1 State Animal: White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer are found throughout the state of Pennsylvania and are part of Pennsylvania’s history. Their white tail is a familiar sight in our forests. Find out more about the White-tailed Deer and its selection as the official state animal of Pennsylvania.
How to Make a Pipe Cleaner Deer
July 8 State Flower: Mountain Laurel
The selection of the state flower of Pennsylvania was not a smooth process. Not everyone agreed on the choice of this evergreen shrub. Find out more about the Mountain Laurel, its selection as the official state flower of Pennsylvania.
Make a Mountain Laurel Catapult
July 15 Pennsylvania State Flag
Did you ever wonder what the images on the Pennsylvania flag represent or what is the meaning behind the choice of the color blue? Find out more about the design of the official state flag of Pennsylvania.
July 22 State Fish: Brook Trout
The only trout native of Pennsylvania waters, the Brook Trout is sought after by anglers and is an important indicator of stream health. Find out more about this freshwater fish and its selection as the official state fish of Pennsylvania. Design Your Own Brook Trout
July 29 State Drink: Milk
Did you know that Pennsylvania has more family operated dairy farms than any other state? A wide variety of dairy products are produced around the state. Find out more about milk and its selection as the official state drink of Pennsylvania.
August 5 State Game Bird: Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse have lived in Pennsylvania since before European settlement. Hiding in forest undergrowth, these birds have a musical style of communication. Find out more about the Ruffed Grouse and its selection as the official state game bird of Pennsylvania.
August 12 State Firearm: Long Rifle
A simple adaptation revolutionized this weapon used for hunting and defense. Find out more about the Pennsylvania Long Rifle, its controversial name, history and selection as the official state firearm of Pennsylvania.
August 19 State Insect: Firefly
The bright green light of the firefly often fills the summer night sky in Pennsylvania. Communicating with other fireflies, people enjoy watching the flashing of their signals. Find out more about this bioluminescent beetle and its selection as the official state insect of Pennsylvania.
August 26 State Aircraft: Piper Cub
Considered the Model T of the air, this lightweight, affordable plane was built in Lock Haven and an important part of Pennsylvania’s transportation industry. Find out more about Piper Cub and its selection as the official state aircraft of Pennsylvania.